Edwin Thomas (actor)

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Edwin Leo Thomas (born 11 June 1987) is an English actor who works in theatre, TV and film. Thomas studied French and Portuguese at Wadham College, Oxford, before studying acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was awarded the Laurence Olivier Bursary Main Prize, and The Mary Selway Award.

Thomas worked as an actor for one year after graduating, appearing on screen in BBC's 'Restless' (2012),[1] ITV's Inspector Lewis (2013), and as John Colville in ITV's Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain. On stage he played Irwin in the Crucible Theatre's production of Alan Bennett's The History Boys (2013)[2] alongside Matthew Kelly, directed by Michael Longhurst, and Lexy in 'Candida' at The Theatre Royal Bath directed by Simon Godwin.

In 2013, Thomas was forced to stop acting due to ill health. During this time Thomas worked in education, teaching English and French and working as a careers advisor and mentor at St Mary Magdalene Academy. He also co-developed an outreach programme for the Guildhall School, running acting workshops across schools in London. Thomas is a qualified student Feldenkrais teacher, having completed two years of the four year training.

Returning to acting in 2016, Thomas appeared as Noel Porter in series 5 of Endeavour, and subsequently starred in The Happy Prince, written, directed by and starring Rupert Everett. Thomas plays Oscar Wilde's friend and lover Robbie Ross, alongside Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Anna Chancellor and Tom Wilkinson. The Happy Prince had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and European premiere at The Berlinale Film Festival (February 2018) and was released in the UK on 15 June 2018.


  1. ^ Hall, Edward (2015-05-15), Restless, retrieved 2016-11-25
  2. ^ Hickling, Alfred (2013-05-23). "The History Boys – review". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-11-25.

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